HULL - The third-ranked Hull Western Christian boys zoomed to a 31-10 lead after the first quarter and then tacked on 24 more by halftime to take a 55-24 advantage in on the break, on the way to a 76-35 blow-out of the Cherokee Braves here Friday night in Lakes Conference basketball action.
The Wolfpack's size and stout defense held the Braves to just 27 percent shooting on 12-44 field goals. Cherokee meshed 7-8 free throws.
HWC (14-1) made 29-54 shots for a sizzling 54 percent and converted 15-30 free throws.
Eric Wilkie paced Cherokee scoring with 13 points, and Marc Husman tallied nine points and pocketed eight rebounds. Lane Peterson led the Braves on the boards with 10 rebounds in a great effort off the bench against the physical Wolfpack.
Michael DenHerder paced the balanced HWC scoring with 14 points, while Jeffrey Gransta and Josh VanLingen added 11 points apiece.
"Hull Western Christian is a very good team that is playing real well right now," said Cherokee coach Bob Lee, whose team lost to the Wolfpack for the second time this season.
" They started the game aggressively on defense, caused turnovers, and used that to create some easy early shots."
The 1-15 Braves host Estherville-LC (6-10) Friday night in further Lakes Conference action.